Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tito Puente – Ran Kan Kan (Tico Records)

Born and raised in Spanish Harlem, NYC from a family of Puerto Rican descent, Puerto-Rican percussionist Tito Puente, known as “El Rey Del Mambo”, played a major influence in the recognition of Latin Music Stateside with a career that spanned over 40 years, eventually seeing the classic ‘Ran Kan Kan’, taken from his 1954 released ‘Mambo On Broadway’ album remixed back in 1992 by Louie Vega and Kenny Dope, prior to joinin’ them 4 years after on their memorable Nuyorican Soul album. Todd Terry on his side cleverly integrating elements of the Mambo classic ‘Babarabatiri’ (and most likely its vocal hook by the likes of Vicentico Valdés) which Puente first recorded in Cuba by the end of the 50’s, on his Gypsymen‘s cut of the likes more than 40 years after.
Tito suffered a massive heart attack after a show in Puerto Rico on May 31, 2000, and got flown to New York City for surgery to repair a heart valve, but complications developed and he died during the night…

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